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Wednesday, March 31

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Creamer has surgery on left thumb

Paula Creamer underwent successful surgery on her left thumb Tuesday, according to a statement from IMG.

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Davies dreams of the ultimate victory lap

The quote of the week from the Kraft Nabisco might already have been said. See how Laura Davies described what would probably go down as the best victory lap in golf history. Beth Ann Baldry reports

A win-win for Nationwide Tour, junior golfers

I was recently introduced to a great idea for a community to stir up some local interest for a Nationwide Tour event or even an LPGA event.

Junior Fantasy picks: Heather Farr Classic

The AJGA season kicks into high gear this week with four tournaments. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks for the 12th annual Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic, to be played April 1-4 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

LPGA commish shows off golf game at Kraft

Facing an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th hole at a major championship carries about the most pressure one can face on a golf course.

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Women to get star treatment at NCAAs

The city of Wilmington, N.C., can’t wait for the 2010 NCAA Women’s Championship. The Country Club of Landfall, the host site, has championship fever, and we are still more than a month from the most important tournament of the year.

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Couples confirms Masters tune-up with Tiger

Fred Couples says he is scheduled to play a practice round for the Masters with Tiger Woods at Augusta National on Monday.

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Reynolds signs with Bobby Jones apparel

Jean Reynolds is an LPGA rookie, a rising star and a Georgia grad. She recently signed with Bobby Jones apparel. I chatted with her about her new deal and fairway fashion.

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Woods presser to have strict broadcast limits

Augusta National is laying down the law to every television network and cable entity, limiting their use of Monday’s Tiger Woods press conference footage.

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‘Supermodel of the fairways’ a big hit

I wasn’t sure what was better last week – Hee Kyung Seo blowing away the field by six shots at the Kia Classic at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., or the fact that she is called the “Supermodel of the Fairways” in Korea. Both are equally cool.

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Three players DQ’d from Kraft Nabisco

Three players, including a past champion, are at risk of being disqualified from the Kraft Nabisco Championship for missing their pro-am tee times. The DQs are not yet official because the LPGA is waiting to see if the players appeal the ruling.

Welcome to the LPGA’s spring training

With the LPGA having only conducted three events thus far this year, players have gone to great lengths to find competition.

Australia’s Presidents Cup equalizer? Flies

In the 1990s, I sometimes wondered why I could never understand a word an Australian friend said. Then I covered the 1998 Presidents Cup in Melbourne and finally understood.

Country stars to perform at Greenbrier Classic

Country music artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform at a private concert in July during the PGA Tour’s tournament at The Greenbrier resort.

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Puma offers Nordqvist stylish look at Kraft

Anna Nordqvist is one of the young trendsetters on the LPGA. She’s been turning heads with new looks and fun patterns thanks to a partnership with Puma.

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Couples, Norman to captain Presidents Cup

Fred Couples and Greg Norman are returning as captains for the 2011 Presidents Cup in Australia, the only place where the International team has won.

Immelman joins Verizon Heritage field

Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has joined the field for the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island.

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A preview of Cabrera’s Champions dinner

If Monday night was any indication, next week’s Champions Dinner at the Masters will be special.

Judge rejects lawsuit filed by Giuliani’s son

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit filed after the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was dismissed from the Duke golf team.

Thumbs up: Matt Hill | Thumbs down: Ohio St.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to give three things the thumbs up, and three things the thumbs down.

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Newell basking in final junior season

A.J. Newell will join the Tennessee in the fall. But before she goes, Newell has work to do. The 16-year-old from Tampa, Fla., can’t wait to kick off her final junior campaign. Mike Balducci reports.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Don’t overlook Couples

Fred Couples is riding a wave of momentum into next week's Masters. Jeff Rude wonders: Can Freddie turn back the clock one more time?

Tuesday, March 30

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Commentary: Rules gaffe in the past, Wie focused at Kraft

Michelle Wie has moved on from last Sunday’s rules ruckus at the Kia Classic. As Sean Martin writes, Wie plans to hop into a different pond this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Notes: Caddie exchange to continue for Els

Fresh off his second straight victory, Ernie Els headed to Augusta National for a quick practice round Tuesday and planned to take his caddie with him.

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LSU, Hill win Hootie at Bulls Bay event

Led by junior Andrew Loupe, the LSU men’s golf team made four birdies in the final three holes Tuesday to win the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, the Tigers’ third victory of the season.

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Fantasy Aces: Shell Houston Open

Before they get to Augusta, the PGA Tour stops at the Shell Houston Open. Who do the Fantasy Aces like at Redstone Golf Club?

Houston qualifier ripe with talent

It took a 7-under 65 to get into a playoff Monday for one of the four open qualifying spots for the Shell Houston Open.

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Slumping Appleby making progress

Stuart Appleby made the cut at Bay Hill and tied for 30th. That’s progress. It was the third cut he made in nine 2010 starts while trying to climb out of a slump that saw him fall from 22nd in earnings in 2008 to 137th last year.

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Commentary: Houston offers reason to play before Masters

The Shell Houston Open is a stop worth making and a perfect place to be the week before the Masters. Jim McCabe explains.

British bookies taking unique bets on Woods

Forget about simply betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, British bookmakers are taking wagers on whether the No. 1 player in the world will hit a tree on his first drive or if he’ll kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off.

Inside the 98-player 2010 Masters field

The 98 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 74th Masters, to be played April 8-11 at Augusta National Golf Club (players listed in only one category). A player can still qualify by winning the Houston Open:

Guilford coach Jensen dies at 71

Jack Jensen, who coached Guilford College’s golf team to the NAIA title in 1989 and NCAA Division III championships in 2002 and 2005, died Sunday at the age of 71.

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Oride (No. 20, 2011) commits to Notre Dame

Kelli Oride has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame for the fall of 2011.

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Tremps (No. 90, 2011) commits to Virginia

Nick Tremps, of San Antonio, has given a verbal commitment to Virginia. Tremps, No. 90 in the class of 2011, is a two-time qualifier of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and has recorded three career top 10s in AJGA events.

GC of New England to host 2012 Junior Am

Stratham, New Hampshire’s Golf Club of New England was selected Tuesday as the site of the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Oversized grips: A growing attraction

One of the trends of modern golf is the proliferation of midsize and jumbo grips, which comprise the oversized category.

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Staff picks: Kraft Nabisco Championship

Beth Ann Baldry and Sean Martin pick a winner and a sleeper at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Gay’s trip to Augusta delayed again

It took him 11 seasons and more than 300 PGA Tour tournaments to finally qualify, but Brian Gay will make his long-awaited debut at Augusta National GC next week.

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On the range with Kristy McPherson

Kristy McPherson contended in three majors in 2009. Her success has been achieved with a homemade swing built with simplicity in mind. Sean Martin explains.

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McPherson finds her comfort zone

Kristy McPherson will be a favorite when the LPGA’s first major – the Kraft Nabisco Championship – tees off Thursday. Beth Ann Baldy caught up with the affable McPherson at home in South Carolina.

Q&A: Tour pros, college star and Hall of Famer

I have spoken with one of college golf’s best, three PGA Tour players and an LPGA Hall of Famer in the last few week. Hope you find these comments as interesting as I did.

Monday, March 29

NEW VIDEO: Fashion icon Greg Norman

I caught up with Greg Norman in January at the PGA Merchandise Show. Check out what he said about today’s trends on Tour.

Engler returns as amateur after car accident

John Engler Jr., who qualified for the PGA Tour five years ago after being severely injured in a car accident, has begun competing as a reinstated amateur.

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With whom has Tiger been paired at Augusta?

When Tiger Woods tees it up in the first round of the Masters April 8, he will be playing his 59th round at Augusta National. He has been paired with 42 players – some multiple times, none more than Stewart Cink (six times):

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Intriguing storylines abound at Kraft Nabisco

It’s almost April, and the LPGA has only had three events (and just one in the U.S.), so you may be a bit surprised to find out that the women are in action this week, at a major no less.

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Vote: Who will be low amateur at the Kraft?

There are seven amateurs in the field this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Who will shoot the lowest score?

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Court sides with Acushnet in ball patent case

Jurors in a federal court in Delaware deemed invalid the Callaway ball patents at the crux of a legal dispute with Acushnet Co., essentially ruling against Callaway’s claim that its intellectual property had been infringed.

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Winner’s Circle: March 22-29, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Around the country

Looking to get on some of Golfweek’s Best courses? Here are three variously priced deals that can be found in Alabama, Florida and Arizona.

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The Cliffs project turns to residents for cash

The Cliffs at High Carolina – home to Tiger Woods’ first U.S. course design project – plans to borrow up to $100 million from its residents and neighbors to continue construction, according to The New York Times.

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Notes: Couch finally gets Bay Hill moment

Those 18 years Chris Couch wrote Arnold Palmer asking for an exemption at Bay Hill only to be denied came flashing back to him Monday.

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Air service expanded to The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier announced that Delta Airlines will begin providing daily, nonstop service to Greenbrier Valley Airport from Atlanta and New York’s LaGuardia Airport starting June 10.

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Vote: Why do you sport these exotic pants?

Vote: Why do you sport these exotic pants?

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Sandestin purchase comes with a plan

Northwest Florida developer Tom Becnel might not be a golfer, but it hasn't stopped him from acquiring – and making over – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, one of the state's most prominent golf resorts.

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Want to show support? Wear wild pants

It’s tradition for sports fans to show their support through cheering, clapping and chanting, as well as wearing their team’s paraphernalia.

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Player of the Week: Ryan Thompson

Ryan Thompson, of Danville, Calif., shot 2-under 142 (72-70) at the San Ramon (Calif.) Golf Club to win the FCWT’s San Ramon Open by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Kendall Prince

Kendall Prince, of Lake Oswego, Ore., shot 3-over 149 (74-75) at the San Ramon (Calif.) Golf Club to win the FCWT’s San Ramon Open by one shot.

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Vote: Who is your pick to win the Masters?

Who is your pick to win the Masters?

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Els wins Bay Hill; Is he Masters favorite?

Ernie Els won the Arnold Palmer Invitational Monday afternoon for his second-consecutive victory. Will No. 3 come at Augusta? Or even sooner, this week in Houston?

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Player of the week: Lindy Duncan, Duke

The Blue Devils sophomore won her first college title with a 3-under 213 at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, good for an eight-shot victory over Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby.

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Player of the week: Bud Cauley, Alabama

The Crimson Tide sophomore opened with a bogey-free 8-under 64 and cruised to a six-shot victory at the Linger Longer Invitational. Cauley, who rose 19 spots to No. 2 in Golfweek’s rankings, finished at 12-under 204, a career low for 54 holes. It was his third career title.

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Team of the week: Duke

The Blue Devils won big at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., defeating runner-up Alabama by 21 shots.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

After finishing 11th out of 15 teams March 16 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters – the Cowboys’ worst finish since the 1996-97 season – OSU bounced back March 28, winning the Linger Longer Invitational.

Sweden out of 2018 Ryder Cup running

Sweden is withdrawing from trying to stage the Ryder Cup in 2018.

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Lutz putts way to first SOS victory

There is a new sheriff in Seniortown and his name is Chip Lutz. The Reading, Pa., resident shot a final-round 68 to come from five shots behind and win the Society of Seniors Spring Classic March 25.

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Monday Scramble: Tiger, Wiesy and Freddie

Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Fred Couples dominated headlines this week. Does it get any better than that? The Monday Scramble reviews another interesting week in golf.

Power rankings: Top 5 teams

Welcome back to another week of the Wildman’s Corner. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for some power rankings. Here are my top 5 teams.

Sunday, March 28

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Confident Hickok poised for super season

The AJGA season kicks off in earnest this week and Kramer Hickok can’t wait. The 17-year-old from Plano, Texas, is ready to put his offseason work to the test. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Seo wins Kia Classic for first LPGA title

Hee Kyung Seo ran away with the inaugural Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in a final round marked by Michelle Wie’s latest rules gaffe.

Rookie diary: Contending in my 1st Futures event

Well, I just got in from my last round at the Duramed Futures Tour event Mexico and unfortunately I didn’t play very well today.

Gomez braves wind to take Louisiana Open title

Argentina's Fabian Gomez won the Louisiana Open for first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 7-under 64 in windy conditions Sunday for a tournament-record six-stroke victory over three players.

Wie penalty protest plays out live on TV

Michelle Wie has been penalized two strokes for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water on the 11th hole in the final round of the Kia Classic at La Costa on Sunday.

Illinois, DeForest claim Spring Break titles

Illinois successfully defended its title Sunday at the FAU Spring Break Championship, claiming an 18-shot victory at the Gleneagles Golf Club Prestine Course. The Illini topped a field of 16 teams, including seven Big Ten teams.

LaCrosse wins first Futures Tour title

Cindy LaCrosse shot a bogey-free 5-under 68 Sunday to win the Duramed Futures Tour’s Riviera Nayarit Challenge.

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No. 2 UCLA ends drought with Rawls victory

UCLA won its first event of the season Sunday, going wire-to-wire at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. Bruins sophomore Stephanie Kono (pictured) tied for third.

Els ‘not at total ease’ Sunday at Bay Hill

Ernie Els has to sleep on another lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Big Easy says that won’t be easy.

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No. 1 OSU outlasts ’Bama at Linger Longer

Oklahoma State junior Kevin Tway led the top-ranked Cowboys to their third victory of the season Sunday at the Linger Longer Invitational.

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Duke, Duncan win big at Liz Murphey

With just three weeks left until conference play begins, Duke is coming on strong. The Blue Devils claimed a 21-shot victory at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, as freshman Lindy Duncan won the individual title.

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Alexander goes back-to-back at Azalea Am

Last year, Tyson Alexander put together an impressive three-shot victory at the Azalea Invitational. This year, he was even better.

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Couples shoots 62, wins 3rd Champions title

Fred Couples wins Cap Cana Championship

Oosthuizen, Choi earn spots in Masters field

Louis Oosthuizen and K.J. Choi can add Augusta National to their travel itinerary.

Els leaking oil on back nine at stormy Bay Hill

Maybe Mother Nature called a timely timeout for Ernie Els.

Goydos stuck in stormy Orlando

PGA Tour regulations disallow the news media’s interviewing of players in the locker room.

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Els leads at Bay Hill; Monday finish looms

The Arnold Palmer Invitational will resume Monday morning at soggy Bay Hill. Ernie Els held a two-shot lead over Kevin Na.

Oosthuizen wins Andalucia, trip to Masters

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has earned his second straight trip to the Masters by winning his first European Tour title with a 3-under 67 in the final round of the Andalucia Open.

Thorpe impressed by Woods’ golf game

Add Jim Thorpe to the list of pros that have had a first-hand look at Tiger Woods’ golf game.

Saturday, March 27

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Seo extends lead at Kia Classic; Wie 6 back

Hee Kyung Seo admits she tends to peek at the leaderboard more than she should. It must have looked good to her after the third round of the inaugural Kia Classic on Saturday.

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Notes: Couch stays close after lucky break

Chris Couch guesses he wrote to Arnold Palmer about 18 straight years asking for an exemption at Bay Hill – with no luck. He finally caught a break Saturday.

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Buckle builds two-shot lead in Louisiana

Andrew Buckle built a two-shot lead Saturday at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, climbing 14 spots up the leaderboard aftear a 6-under 65 at Le Triomphe Country Club in Broussard, La.

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Els cards 69, grabs one-shot lead at Bay Hill

Ernie Els maintained his position atop the leaderboard Saturday while several of the contenders faltered, shooting a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Pavin leads Cap Cana after course-record 63

Corey Pavin birdied his last four holes for a course-record 9-under 63 Saturday and a one-shot lead over Nick Price after two rounds of the Cap Cana Championship.

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Oosthuizen takes solo Andalucia lead with 66

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has shot a 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Robert Coles of England after the third round of the Andalucia Open.

Trahan battling bad back in third round

Second-round co-leader D.J. Trahan is backing up on moving day. Blame it on his back.

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Monty makes rare visit this side of the pond

It’s not too often Colin Montgomerie plays in the U.S. these days. Unless he qualifies for the U.S. Open, PGA Championship or WGC Bridgestone Invitational, none of which he is exempt, this may be the Scot’s lone visit this side of the pond.

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Italy to send record three players to Masters

This year’s Masters will be all about Tiger Woods for most of the world – just not in Italy.

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Els has been in this position before

Ernie Els went two years without winning. Now he has a chance to make it two wins in a row.

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Stockton emerging as the newest short-game guru

There is a new short-game sheriff in town. It’s Dave Stockton, the two-time PGA Champion.

Friday, March 26

Gulbis looking to move on from missed cut

What happened to Natalie Gulbis? Well, she didn’t hit many greens. Gulbis said she hit five greens on Thursday and 10 in the second round. She missed the cut by a mile, shooting 78-75.

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Seo leads Kia Classic, Wie 2 back

Hee Kyung Seo, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, shot a 5-under-67 on Friday to take the lead while Michelle Wie also shot a 67 to pull into contention after two rounds in the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa.

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An all smiles despite MC at Bay Hill

Byeong-Hun “Ben” An missed his first PGA Tour cut this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but it was tough to tell from the expression on his face.

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McDonald (No. 34, 2011 ) commits to Miss. State

Ally McDonald has given a verbal committment to play golf at Mississippi State according to Michael Nanney, her high school golf coach at Itawamba Agricultural High School.

Christina Kim's new style, game look sharp

Christina Kim, always a colorful character, debuted a new look this week at the Kia Classic. She walked the La Costa fairways wearing a fedora hat and a chain attached to her yardage book (think Justin Timberlake).

Match play a different animal in college golf

In a recent Lance & Asher podcast, Asher said Washington can’t even win a match play event.

Mulroy leads by a stroke in Louisiana

Garth Mulroy shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

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Notes: Saunders holding his own at Bay Hill

Sam Saunders was at the driving range Friday morning after an up-and-down round a day earlier. He took a swing, glanced over and saw his grandfather staring sternly in his face.

Brown-Lemm named women’s coach at Miss. State

Ginger Brown-Lemm has been named the new women’s golf coach at Mississippi State, the school announced Wednesday.

Price, Beck ahead at Cap Cana; Couples lurking

Nick Price and Chip Beck each shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Cap Cana Championship.

San Diego State dominant in Barona victory

San Diego State cruised to a 22-stroke victory Friday at the Barona Collegiate Cup.

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Are the Tour pros reading this?

Bay Hill… Babe Hill, there really is no difference this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. With an assortment of tight-fitting polos, bright spring colors and some very fit men – it leaves the ladies no choice but to drool over more than just the pros’ golf games. All sound too good to be true?

Doell named women’s coach at Seton Hall

Sara Doell has been named coach of the new women’s golf team at Seton Hall.

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Oosthuizen, Hutsby tied for lead in Spain

Louis Oosthuizen and Sam Hutsby shot 63s to lead the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with a nudist while playing a shot in the second round Friday.

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Mickelson begins Bay Hill week with a 58

Phil Mickelson shot 58 Monday on his home course. He hasn't duplicated that feat at Bay Hill, but after a second-round 67, he's just one back of the leaders entering the weekend. Sean Martin reports.

Oosthuizen searching for Masters bid

Add Louis Oosthuizen to the list of players desperately seeking a win in order to earn a Masters invitation. As Sean Martin writes, Oosthuizen is also looking for his first European tour victory.

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Predicting this year’s champ? Good luck

Good luck predicting this year’s NCAA Division I women’s golf champion. As Julie Williams writes, we could be in for one of the best postseason races in recent memory.

Curtis: Woods playing well, looked ‘nervous’

For players wondering what it will be like to play golf with Tiger Woods when he returns, Ben Curtis can speak from experience. It might be a little different.

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Commentary: Nicklaus: U.S. players need match-play experience

Want to breed a winning attitude? Compete more at match play. That’s the message from the game’s greatest player.

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Whan gives glimpse of life as LPGA chief

From calling sponsors, evaluating his team and even subbing as a Futures Tour caddie, LPGA chief Mike Whan tackles his job with a much-needed dose of optimism.

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Els, Love III among four tied for Bay Hill lead

Davis Love III played 10 holes before making his par during a wild day that left him in a three-way tie for the lead with Ben Curtis and D.J. Trahan among early starters in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Mailbag: Playing shots in 40 seconds or less

It’s Friday which means it’s time to hear from you, the readers.

Thursday, March 25

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Kim learns to balance golf and motherhood

Keeping up with a new baby and the start of a new LPGA tour season might sound like the ultimate balancing act, but it’s no problem for Mi Hyun Kim. Beth Ann Baldry explains how this new mother is coping.

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Min takes one-shot lead at Kia Classic

The first LPGA Tour event of the year on U.S. soil opened with a decidedly South Korean feel. Na On Min shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the inaugural Kia Classic at La Costa.

Riegger leads by one at Chitimacha Open

John Riegger fired a 5-under 66 Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

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Notes: Weir not weary of updated Bay Hill

Not that long ago, Mike Weir wouldn’t even consider playing at Bay Hill. A personal talk from Arnold Palmer changed that.

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Couples seeking historic win at Cap Cana

Fred Couples figures his sizzling Champions Tour start is just a matter of good play and good luck.

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Tour denies Green's bid for medical extension

Ken Green, whose lower right leg was amputated after a fatal automobile accident last June, said he “felt like I had my throat slit” upon learning the Champions Tour Policy Board denied his request for a major medical extension during meetings March 22-23 in Orlando, Fla.

Kjeldsen, Lawrie share lead at Andalucia Open

Defending champion Soren Kjeldsen and Paul Lawrie shared the lead Thursday at the Andalucia Open after each shot a 5-under 65 in the opening round.

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Unpredictable Match Play sparks excitement

The Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship was full of surprises. As Ron Balicki writes, the spark provided by unheralded John Catlin of New Mexico was just one reason the event was exciting.

Holmes seeing swing, putting changes pay off

J.B. Holmes is known for his long drives, not for his long putts. But things were different in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Holmes, Love III shoot 66 to lead at Bay Hill

Davis Love III – who needs a win in the next two weeks to qualify for the Masters – made a good start toward that goal Thursday at Bay Hill. Love posted a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes.

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Singh commits to Verizon Heritage

Vijay Singh is returning to the Verizon Heritage for the first time since 2001.

Events to watch: Linger Longer, Liz Murphey

Get your game faces on. There are three great tournaments coming up.

Wednesday, March 24

LPGA finally makes season debut in U.S.

It's almost Easter, and the LPGA Tour is finally getting around to holding its first tournament in the United States.

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Whan has everyone’s attention

If there’s an overriding theme of Mike Whan’s stint as commissioner thus far, it’s transparency - at least from the players’ perspective.

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Remember the ‘Million-Dollar Man'?

You never know whom you will run into at a PGA Tour event.

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Woods to face golf media Masters Monday

Tiger Woods will face a room full of golf media for the first time Monday of Masters week.

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Park rediscovering path to personal freedom

Athletes rarely reveal hidden wounds. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, Grace Park, now healthy in body and spirit, is ready to restart her career.

Talking fashion with 8-year-old Karah Sanford

It’s time to showcase the rising – and fashionable – stars in the game. Meet Karah Sanford, a 8-year-old from San Diego. According to her Web site, she won 25 tournaments last year, including the 8-and-under division at the San Diego Junior Amateur. She shot 66-65 on a par-58 course.

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Notes: Palmer’s advice working for grandson

Sam Saunders left college early to turn pro and wasn’t having much success, so he went back to his roots. He decided to seek out advice on his swing and how to manage his game from his grandfather.

Revamped Bay Hill ready to test Tour players

Never have there been so many changes in one year at Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Jimenez opens wallet for hometown Euro event

Miguel Angel Jimenez is ensuring the European Tour has an event this week by opening his wallet for the Andalucia Open.

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Olympia Fields South gets ’11 Girls’ Junior

Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club will host the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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Palmer thinks Woods should let guard down

Arnold Palmer believes redemption for Tiger Woods starts with being more open with the media.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Time for Tiger to give back

No matter what Tiger Woods will say or won’t say in interviews, Jeff Rude says Woods’ golf swing, schedule and Sharpie have the chance to do the most talking.

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Fantasy Aces: Arnold Palmer Invitational

The Fantasy Aces are at Arnie’s Place this week. Who’s rounding into form with an eye towards the Masters? We’ll let you know.

Creamer WDs from Kraft with injured thumb

Paula Creamer will miss the first major of the season.

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Arnie to Tiger: Open up to media at Augusta

Arnold Palmer thinks Tiger Woods should be more open with the media when he return to golf at the Masters.

Thumbs up: Auburn | Thumbs down: UW

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to talk about some highlights and disappointments from the past week.

Autopsy: Green’s son died from alcohol, drugs

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office says Hunter Green, the son of professional golfer Ken Green, died as a result of a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Tuesday, March 23

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San Diego State wins BYU Dixie Classic

Five Aztecs finished in the top 11 Tuesday as San Diego State won its first event of season at the BYU Dixie Classic.

Notes: Shotlink, Masters spots and Lumpy

The Shotlink technology on the PGA Tour does more than just chart each shot of every player in every round. It also documents how long it takes them to hit each shot.

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Toy Box notes: Furyk’s diverse golf bag

Jim Furyk is fond of experimenting with golf equipment. Like ordinary golfers, Furyk will try almost anything.

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Commentary: Relax, the PGA Tour season has been good

In case you haven’t noticed, the 2010 PGA Tour season has been dominated by terrific tournaments. Jim McCabe explains.

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New Mexico upsets USC to win Match Play

New Mexico rallied for a dramatic victory Tuesday at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

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Agnew powers FSU to victory at Pinehurst

Florida State senior Lacey Agnew won her first college title Tuesday and led the Seminoles to a 33-shot victory at the Pinehurst Spring Challenge.

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Players call out Finchem for favoritism

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has sent a memo to tournament directors to explain why Steve Elkington is not fully exempt this year. At least two players suggest he’s playing favorites.

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Bold decision pays off for Terps’ Rodenhaver

a “strategic” decision Maryland women’s coach Jason Rodenhaver made before the Terrapins’ first spring event, at the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate in late February.

Seve to help Spain get 2018 Ryder Cup

Seve Ballesteros will help Spain’s bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.

NEW VIDEO: Make Me Over – Golfweek style

Check out Episode 2 of “Make Me Over – Golfweek Style.”

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Lake Nona vs. Isleworth: Fashion faceoff

After the first round of the Tavistock Cup, Lake Nona leads Isleworth in both score and team fashion.

Players battle for 11th-hour Masters spot

This is the time of year when the focus starts to turn toward Augusta National and the Masters.

Martin begins Masters prep with college title

Last week was an eventful one for Clemson senior Ben Martin. He spent Monday and Tuesday at Augusta National preparing to play in the Masters, then won his first college title Sunday.

Singh out at Bay Hill because of bad back

Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill because of a back injury. This is the second straight week the three-time major champion has had to pull out.

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Kentucky coach Blackwelder to resign in April

Kentucky women’s golf coach Myra Blackwelder will resign her position in April, she announced Monday.

Launch monitors: Portable and affordable

Finally, full-function launch monitors for individual golfers are becoming less complicated to use. They also are becoming less expensive to buy.

Q&A: George Mason coach Scott King

Joining me this week in Wildman’s Corner is George Mason coach Scott King. I remember talking to him at my first coaches convention about all the potential rule changes in college golf. Who knew the .500 rule and six regionals would actually come to fruition? Despite the changes many people say are good, he’s still not buying in to it.

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Ceravolo twins (2011) commit to SMU

Alec and Matt Ceravolo, twins from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., have verbally committed to SMU. The Ceravolos also took unofficial visits to Texas, UNLV and Florida.

Golfers ace same hole on consecutive swings

Two golfers at a San Diego-area country club drew a most unlikely pair of aces.

Monday, March 22

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Commentary: Tiger all the talk at Tavistock Cup

The word from the Tavistock Cup on Tiger Woods’ Masters chances? ‘I’d be hard-pressed to see anybody beating him,’ said John Cook.

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USC, New Mexico to meet in Match Play final

Underdog New Mexico will square off Tuesday against USC in the finals of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

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Air Augusta: Scouting the National

It’s often said that that the concession stands at the Masters have some of the best deals in town.

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Woods displays Buddhist bracelet in interview

The religious bracelet on Tiger Woods’ left arm during his brief television interviews is a fairly common symbol of Buddhism, experts on the faith say.

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McDonald’s signs Wie to sponsorship deal

Call her McWiesy? Michelle Wie has agreed to a two-year deal with McDonald’s, making her the first pro golfer to represent the fast-food chain since Greg Norman.

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Klein on Design: No. 15, Bay Hill Club

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

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Tavistock requires media to wear team colors

The folks at the Tavistock Cup want spectators at their golf exhibition to be in uniform – reporters, too.

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There’s more to Augusta than the Masters

Augusta, more than any other city, is defined by its signature tournament: The Masters. That said, the city does offer other attractions if you’re visiting during tournament week or any other time of the year.

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Golf during Masters week comes at a price

Yes, there’s golf available in Augusta, Ga., during Masters week, but it’ll cost you. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Winner’s Circle: March 15-21, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Furyk talks Tiger, Augusta and snapping his streak

Jim Furyk’s victory at the Transitions Championship wasn’t just a win for one of the game’s most consistent players, but one of its good guys.

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LPGA taps NYCA to shape its global identity

The LPGA announced March 22 the hiring of NYCA, a West Coast advertising agency with golf industry experience, to help define the tour’s global brand positioning.

New Mexico advances to Match Play semis

New Mexico entered this year’s Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship as the No. 15 seed in the 16-team field. The thing is, the Lobos are not living up to that seeding.

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Player of the Week: Maddie Szeryk

Maddie Szeryk, of Allen, Texas, shot 1-over 145 (74-71) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by 17 shots.

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Player of the Week: Stratton Nolen

Stratton Nolen, of Austin, Texas, shot 2-over 146 (74-72) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by three shots.

For Woods, winning is key to salvaging image

It’s difficult, even now, to fully grasp the battering Tiger Woods’ image has taken, considering the months of paparazzi probing and late-night jokes at his expense.

Rookie diary: Memorable experience overseas

For this week’s blog, all I can say is “WOW!” This trip was really an interesting experience. Honestly, even though golf is obviously a very hard game, it was really the easiest part of the trip.

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Fountain (No. 67, 2010) commits to Davidson

Richard Fountain, No. 67 in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to Davidson College. Foutain chose the school after narrowing his list to Davidson and North Carolina. He took official visits to both schools.

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Team of the week: Rollins

The NCAA Division II Tars won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, finishing one shot ahead of Division II rival Nova Southeastern. With rounds of 300-306-298, Rollins also defeated 13 Division I teams in the 16-team field.

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Team of the week: Texas Christian

The Horned Frogs finished 10 shots clear of No. 5 Texas to win the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Horned Frogs posted rounds of 286-283-283 for a 12-under 852 total. The win is the second of the season for TCU, helping the Frogs move to No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Player of the week: Louisa Lies, Fresno State

The sophomore posted an opening 6-under 66, then followed with rounds of 76-74 for an even-par 216 total and a five-shot victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu. It was her first college title.

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Player of the week: Jonathan Randolph, Ole Miss

The Rebels junior made birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Randolph shot 5-under 211 for his third victory of the year. He has placed in the top 3 in all four of his spring starts.

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Wie reveals partnership with McDonald’s

Michelle Wie announced a new partnership with McDonald’s via Twitter Monday morning. She alluded to the news Sunday night with her “ba-ba-ba-ba-baaaaa!” clue.

PLNU to continue men’s golf through 2013

Three weeks after announcing it would cut four athletic programs, including men’s golf, Point Loma University said March 17 that it will implement a three-year phase-out for student athletes on those teams.

Power rankings: Top 5 mid-major conferences

Happy Monday everyone and I hope your NCAA men’s basketball brackets are looking good. Mine, well, isn’t. Not only did I have Kansas winning it all, I had the Huskies winning the Callaway Collegiate Match Play. Typical March Madness mania . . . I have already been eliminated from all my pools.

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Monday Scramble: Masters in 3-D preview

Nothing can spoil the Monday Scramble’s love for television, not even Tiger Woods’ Sunday interview surprise party. Just wait until you see what the Masters has in store for its upcoming 3-D broadcast...

Sunday, March 21

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Upsets rule Round 1 at Callaway Match Play

Iowa’s victory over Arizona was just one of many upsets Sunday in the first round of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

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CBS skips Woods interview due to time limit

CBS turned down an interview with Tiger Woods after being told the network would be limited to five minutes of questions.

Oh, 21, wins Futures opener in playoff

Angela Oh defeated Jane Rah in a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the Duramed Futures Tour’s season-opening event, the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

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Excerpts from Woods’ interviews

Selected excerpts from Tiger Woods’ interviews Sunday with the Golf Channel and ESPN, the first time the world’s top-ranked golfer answered questions on camera since his early morning car crash last November.

Clemson cruises to Furman Intercollegiate win

It was a two-team race the entire weekend, but Clemson pulled away for a victory Sunday at the Furman Intercollegiate.

Vote: Does Woods need to tell us more?

In two interviews that aired Sunday night on ESPN and Golf Channel, Tiger Woods acknowledged living “a lie” and said that he’s “a little nervous” about the greeting he’ll receive at the Masters.

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Hak, 16, wins Florida Azalea Amateur

Shut Yat Hak closed with a 3-under 67 Monday to win the Florida Azalea Amateur at Palatka (Fla.) Golf Course. Hak, 16, of Lake Mary, Fla., finished at 10-under 210.

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Woods’ interviews lack ‘wow factor’

First reaction to the dueling one-on-one interviews with Tiger Woods that aired Sunday night on Golf Channel and ESPN:

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Furyk ends drought with Transitions victory

Jim Furyk closed with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a one-shot victory at the Transitions Championship, his first win since the 2007 Canadian Open.

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Woods speaks to ESPN, Golf Channel

In interviews that aired Sunday on ESPN and Golf Channel, Tiger Woods spoke about his SUV accident and nerves about his Masters return.

New Mexico knocks off UW at Match Play

In the second round Saturday of the NCAA basketball tournament, 11th-seeded Washington upset No. 3 seed New Mexico in the East Regional.

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Auburn rallies to win Schenkel E-Z-GO

Auburn used a final-round 3-over 291 Sunday to vault over North Florida and win the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational. Kyle Kopsick led the Tiger charge with a 72 that left him T-6.

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Report: Woods interviews to air Sunday

Two people familiar with Tiger Woods’ plans tell The Associated Press that the golfer has done two interviews set to air Sunday night.

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Bjorn regaining form on European Tour

Thomas Bjorn is back to his best despite taking on more than he previously thought he could handle.

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Davies wins first European Tour title

Rhys Davies of Wales has won his first European Tour title, taking the Trophee Hassan II by two strokes over Louis Oosthuizen after shooting a 7-under 66.

Huskies enjoying March Madness

Dustin Roberts of the Golf Coaches Association of America got to be a fill-in coach Saturday – well, for about 30 minutes, anyway.

Saturday, March 20

Transitions Championship by the numbers

There’s just one round remaining in the Transitions Championship, and here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of the action thus far.

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Furyk builds 3-shot lead at Transitions

Jim Furyk put up a 4-under 67 Saturday at the Transitions Championship for his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour in nearly three years. Can he break a winless streak dating back to 2007?

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Hartman (No. 93, 2011) commits to Georgia Southern

Zach Hartman of St. Simons Island, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Southern.

No stroke-play qualifying at Collegiate Match Play

On Sunday the Callaway Collegiate Match Play tournament will begin. This is a desired event by many of the nation’s top programs because it can give a squad a glimpse of what it might be like if it were to play its way into the top eight after 54 holes at the national championship.

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Ogilvy flies to Phoenix, comes back with 65

Geoff Ogilvy had a cross-country adventure Friday night. Thinking he missed the cut at the Transitions Championship, Ogilvy flew home to Arizona before returning to Palm Harbor, Fla., and posting 6-under 65.

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Oosthuizen leads by two in Morocco after 64

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa has shot a 9-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Rhys Davies of Wales after the third round of the Trophee Hassan II.

Small crowds, couscous and no love for Luna

Darren Clarke is 5 under par for three rounds and 10 shots off the lead as I write.

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Harrington, Furyk looking to end winless streak

Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk have played a lot of good golf over the last couple of years, which explains why they are among the top 10 in the world rankings.

Friday, March 19

Give these golf gloves a hand

One of the most overlooked pieces of golfing fashion is the glove. But the woman behind LilyBeth Golf is out to change that.

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Rollins, Nova Southeastern enjoy rivalry

The Rollins and Nova Southeastern women’s golf teams have at least two things in common: They love beating Division I teams and each other. Julie Williams reports

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Toms says right shoulder will require surgery

Former PGA champion David Toms has been losing length off the tee that he can’t afford and now he knows why. Toms says he has a bone spur in his rotator cuff that will require surgery.

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Harrington moves into Transitions lead

Talk about a great couple of days. First, Padraig Harrington made a trip to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day, and now he holds the second-round lead at the Transitions Championship after a 6-under 65.

Commentary: Hack fitting in nicely in Morocco, Euro debut

Jhared Hack, a native of Orlando, Fla., had played golf outside the United States only once before this week. From the way he’s played the first two rounds of the Hassan II Golf Trophy, anyone would have thought his passport was full of stamps from far-off lands.

Davies takes 2-shot lead in Morocco

Rhys Davies of Wales has shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-shot lead on the second day of the Trophee Hassan II.

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‘TW’ logo replaces AT&T’s on Woods’ bag

Tiger Woods won't replace AT&T with a new corporate sponsor on his golf bag when he returns at the Masters, instead using his Nike brand.

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Brooks Brothers partners with St. Andrews

America’s oldest clothiers, Brooks Brothers, announced Thursday that it will be joining forces with the Home of Golf, St. Andrews Links, in an apparel partnership.

Mailbag: Picking the Match Play winners

It’s Friday which means it’s time to go to the mailbag. Lance Ringler and Ron Balicki sent in their picks for the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, which kicks off March 21-23.

Thursday, March 18

Ex-porn star releases purported Woods texts

A former porn actress has released sexually graphic text messages that she says prove her affair with Tiger Woods, and she says she has more potentially embarrassing information about the golfer that she may reveal later.

Men’s college golf continues unpredictable streak

Go figure! Following up on a blog from Lance Ringer earlier this week, college men’s golf is certainly taking a number of bizarre turns already this spring.

TCU cruises to 10-stroke NIT victory

TCU fired its second straight 5-under 283 Thursday to win the National Invitational Tournament for the second time in three years.

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Hey, Tiger . . . what about the clothes?

The return of Tiger Woods has been the talk of the town. Now, with a firm start date at Augusta National next month, I only have one question: What will he wear? Will we see a new and improved Tiger?

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Toreros on the rise with Mickelson at the helm

The future is looking brighter for San Diego. As the team rises in the rankings, it’s definitely a good time to be a Torero. Eric Soderstrom says it was all part of the plan for coach Tim Mickelson.

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Willis takes Transitions lead; Fowler 2 back

Rickie Fowler posted a 4-under 67 Thursday at the Transitions Championship and is among a group of six players tied for second behind first-round leader Garrett Willis, who turned in a sizzling 65.

For Schwartzel, the Fat Lady Swings

Bobby Grace waved a putter shaft in front of a few interested observers on the putting green at The Transitions Championship on March 17.

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Dougherty leads by a stroke in Morocco

Nick Dougherty of England has taken the lead after the first round of the Trophee Hassan II golf tournament.

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McGinley ends lengthy layoff in Morocco

The Road to Morocco might have been a slapstick 1942 comedy starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but Paul McGinley’s route to the North African nation has been pretty humorless.

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Stellar field shaping up for SBS Championship

Certainly, only a small dent has been put into the PGA Tour season and there’s no reason to look beyond 2010.

Rookie diary: Time to recharge

Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you.

Events to watch: Schenkel, W&M, Match Play

It’s Thursday, which means I’m here to tell you three tournaments to keep an eye on over the next few days.

Singh WDs from Transitions with a bad back

Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Transitions Championship because of a back injury.

Wednesday, March 17

Sergio Garcia commits to Zurich Classic

Sergio Garcia, one of the top international stars in golf, has committed to play in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Injured Creamer won’t play in Kia Classic

The field is set for the LPGA’s Kia Classic Presented by J Golf and Paula Creamer is noticeably absent.

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No raining on Bates’ parade at Transitions

Adam Schupak explains why Ben Bates is already the feel-good story of the week at the Transitions Championship.

Obama: Tiger is still a ‘terrific’ golfer

President Barack Obama says Tiger Woods will still be a "terrific" golfer despite his personal issues.

Rheumatism forces Olazabal out of Masters

The manager for two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal says he will pull out of the Masters next month because he is suffering again from rheumatism.

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Hungry? Grab a slice of John Daly Pizza

John Daly has a vodka drink named after him, looks like a walking advertisement for Lap-Band surgery and is a pitchman for loud pants and underwear.

Marygrove College adds men’s, women’s golf

Marygrove College, an NAIA school located in northwest Detroit, announced Wednesday that it will add men’s and women’s golf programs beginning this fall.

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Brown (N/R, 2010) commits to Kansas

Bryce Brown, of Lincoln, Neb., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Kansas.

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Nicklaus: ‘He’ll come back ready to play’

Jack Nicklaus didn’t win 18 majors by turning up unprepared, which is why he’s surprised Tiger Woods will play the Masters without a tournament under his belt.

Toy Box notes: Easy putting fix

What changes has Ernie Els made to again look so relaxed over his putts? James Achenbach reports.

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Fantasy Aces: Transitions Championship

The PGA Tour heads to Tampa, Fla., for the Transitions Championship. The Fantasy Aces decide who will tame the Copperhead Course.

Lubahn hits the road, while team flies home

Miami-Ohio coach Casey Lubahn may not be racking up frequent flyer miles Wednesday, but he sure is racking up some drive time miles.

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CA out as sponsor of PGA Tour’s Doral event

The PGA Tour is looking for a new title sponsor for its World Golf Championship at Doral after CA decided not to renew its contract.

Thumbs up: FSU | Thumbs down: Okla. St.

What better way to spend a Wednesday then by doing Three up and three down. This week, I have some things that will make you smile, and a few that will leave you annoyed.

2012 U.S. Public Links heading to Utah

The U.S. Amateur Public Links golf championship is coming to Utah in two years.

Tuesday, March 16

Lecuyer paces Central Arkansas to victory

Junior Steven Lecuyer led Central Arkansas to a five-stroke victory Tuesday at the Triumph at Pauma Valley.

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Crick leads Nebraska to 1st win in 4 years

Nebraska’s season of close finishes finally resulted in a win Tuesday at the Jackrabbit Invitational, where the Cornhuskers won by 15 strokes to capture their first team title since 2006.

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Notes: Tour may make Shanghai event official

The PGA Tour proudly points to Shanghai as an example that not all of the World Golf Championships are staged in America. That would be easier to accept if the Tour actually counted the HSBC Champions as an official event.

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Oral Roberts wraps up 2-stroke win in Nevada

After consecutive top-5 finishes to start the spring season, Oral Roberts found itself back atop the leaderboard Tuesday at the Jackrabbit Invitational.

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Commentary: Woods’ return signals he’s ready to win

You better believe it, says Jeff Rude. Tiger Woods’ announcement that he will return to competitive golf at the Masters says he’s ready to win.

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UCF gets back on track with Rio Pinar title

Winless since May, and playing less than 10 miles from campus, Central Florida rolled to a 19-stroke victory Tuesday at the Rio Pinar Invitational.

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The looks of Els, Schwartzel at Doral

The CA Championship was an epic feat for Ernie Els. But it was also a coming out party for Charles Schwartzel.

Golf fans ready to welcome Woods back

There seems to be one overwhelming sentiment among golf fans who heard that Tiger Woods will make his return at the Masters.

VIDEO: Izod G, Tehama fashion show

Izod G and Tehama launched their 2010 collection at the end of January. These two collections featured great designs, bright colors and innovative ideas. My personal favorite was the kids line from Izod G. It stole the show!

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British bookies tab Tiger as Masters favorite

Despite not competing since his car crash in November, Tiger Woods is still the favorite to win the Masters.

TV networks expecting huge Masters ratings

CBS Sports’ president thinks that Tiger Woods’ return to golf will be one of the “biggest media spectacles in recent memory.”

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LeBlanc DQ’d for unsportsmanlike conduct

There is not a lot of Monday morning arm–chair quarterbacking going on when it comes to college golf.

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A putting aid to help with speed on greens

This new rubber target can help you generate the optimum speed on the greens. James Achenbach reports on the Big Cup.

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New putters: All shapes and sizes

Seven new products worth discovering.

In this issue: March 19, 2010

Inside the March 19, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Complete coverage: Tiger Woods saga

Golfweek.com brings you the latest updates on Tiger Woods’ Nov. 27 car accident outside his Isleworth home in Windermere, Fla.

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Oklahoma State receives wake-up call

Earlier this week, Richmond finished 11th at the Pinehurst Invitational; George Mason was 11th at the Seminole; and Kennesaw State placed 11th at the General Hackler. None of those showings raised any eyebrows within the realm of college golf.

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Read the full statement from Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods released this statement Tuesday, announcing his return to the Masters.

Vote: How will Tiger finish at the Masters?

After a four-month hiatus because of a sex scandal, Tiger Woods will play at the Masters.

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Woods to return to golf at Masters

Tiger Woods will return to golf at the Masters next month. In a statement Tuesday, Woods said he will play at Augusta after a four-month hiatus.

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Commentary: Els embraces role of a lifetime

A day after winning at Doral, Ernie Els – along with son, Ben – held a charity pro-am to raise money for autism. Jim McCabe was there.

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Kuchar poised to rekindle Augusta memories

The beginning of March Madness means The Masters is right around the corner. While I’m still sweating over my tournament brackets, I’ve already settled on my Masters sleeper pick: Matt Kuchar.

Q&A: Mercer coach Andrew Tredway

I spoke with third-year Mercer head golf coach Andrew Tredway recently. He told me he had one wish: that people didn’t need Google maps to find Mercer.

Monday, March 15

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New Mexico: Land of quality public access golf

Dollar for dollar, New Mexico might be No. 1 when it comes to quality public-access golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.

ETSU hangs on for 3-shot win in Myrtle Beach

East Tennessee State had to scramble during the back nine Monday to secure its victory at the General Hackler Championship.

Could men’s college golf get any more bizarre?

The college golf world right now is certainly in Bizzaro Land!

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The latest from a road warrior

This annual design awards feature now is in its 21st year, each one more arbitrary than its predecessor. It’s drawn from Bradley S. Klein's latest year of travels, which usually amounts to 150 days on the road and visits to 125 or more courses.

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Quinn, Johnson take similar paths to return

Fran Quinn and Kevin Johnson have taken eerily similar paths in their return to the big leagues.

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Winner’s Circle: March 8-15, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

ETSU continues with spring fling

Things weren’t looking so rosy after the fall season for coach Fred Warren and his East Tennessee State team.

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World Cup team event to be held biennially

The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will become a biennial event in 2011, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced.

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Tour rookie Lamely wins Puerto Rico Open

Rookie Derek Lamely has won the weather-delayed Puerto Rico Open during a Monday finish on the rain-softened tropical course.

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Masters to debut 3-D TV, computer broadcast

The Masters will be broadcast in 3-D – although few Americans own the technology to take advantage.

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Player of the Week: Ginger Howard

Ginger Howard, of Bradenton, Fla., shot even-par 142 (72-70) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., to win the Tanglewood Challenge.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Dickson

Taylor Dickson, of Gastonia, N.C., shot 2-over 144 (71-73) at the Tanglewood Championship Course in Clemmons, N.C., and won the FCWT’s Tanglewood Challenge in a playoff.

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PGA Tour sponsors: Farmers in; CA likely out

The PGA Tour’s recruiting effort for title sponsors is never-ending. Just as one signs on the dotted line, another appears to be out.

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VOTE: Golfweek’s fashion poll

Golfweek wants women to share their opinions on the hottest trends and looks in golf. Cast your votes – and see your answers in an upcoming special issue.

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Girls-only events thrive in junior landscape

Two girls-only events – the National Junior Girls Invitational and Kathy Whitworth Invitational – start this week. The goal: Give more girls a competitive outlet, while growing the game. Julie Williams reports.

Schwartzel cashes in at Doral

Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Dr. Cary Middlecoff have won 156 more PGA Tour titles than winless Charl Schwartzel, but Schwartzel can outspend the three of them combined at the mall.

Whitworth, Pepper and a can of hairspray

The 72 girls who make it into the field at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational each year get more than just a few days of excellent golf at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nothing like Augusta to get spirits up

Back-to-back disappointments at the Honda Classic (T-40) and CA Championship (T-65) had Rory McIlroy’s spirits a bit down when he left Miami Sunday night, but they were lifted dramatically Monday.

Vanderbilt Legends Club gets 2012 NCAAs

Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship, the NCAA announced Monday.

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Player of the week: Megan McChrystal, LSU

The senior made a 20-foot putt for birdie on her final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-shot victory over Virginia’s Calle Nielson at the Tiger/Wave Classic. The tournament’s second round was played in gusts of 30 mph or higher.

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Player of the week: Jesper Kennegard, ASU

The Sun Devil sophomore’s scores don’t do justice to how well he played in brutally windy conditions at Southern Highlands, posting rounds of 71-72-76 for a 3-over 219 total and a one-shot victory. The tournament’s overall average score on the par-72, 7,510-yard layout was 78.47.

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Team of the week: Auburn

Tied with host LSU for the lead with eight holes to play at the Tiger/Wave Classic, the second-ranked Tigers posted eight birdies and an eagle by junior Cydney Clanton to pull away for a seven-stroke victory. Candace Schepperle led Auburn’s final-round charge with a 5-under 67 as the Tigers shot even-par 288. Clanton and Schepperle finished third and fourth individually, respectively.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins shot the low round of the day (11-over 299) and rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round to tie UNLV and share the title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.

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Woulfe wins Florida Senior Azalea in playoff

Battling winds that were never lower than 15 mph and gusting to 40 mph, Rick Woulfe overcame a start from hell to win the Florida Azalea Senior Amateur in a playoff.

Power rankings: Top 5 conferences

Welcome back to another week in the Wildman’s Corner. It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the power rankings. This week I’ll tell you which conferences currently have all the bragging rights.

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Monday Scramble: March (Tiger) Madness

The Monday Scramble is coming down with a serious case of March Madness. To the WWTR (Where will Tiger return?) brackets we go!

Sunday, March 14

Rookie diary: The road to recovery

Well, I’m sure everybody knows by now, but just in case you haven’t heard, I had wrist surgery on March 8 that effectively ended my rookie year on the PGA Tour.

Rookie diary: Off to Morocco

Hello again, everyone! Since I last wrote, I have been practicing hard and getting prepared to make my first trip overseas for the year to Casablanca, Morocco!

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UNLV, UCLA share Southern Highlands title

Once again, UNLV ended this year’s version of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters at the top of the leaderboard. But this time they had to share the spotlight with UCLA.

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FSU wins home event despite scorecard error

Despite a scorecard error by Brooks Koepka, Florida State won the Seminole Intercollegiate on Sunday. Senior captain Seath Lauer (pictured) finished second individually.

Notes: Kuchar keeps cashing big checks

Matt Kuchar came into this season with three top-three finishes in his last 52 PGA Tour starts. So far in 2010, he's 3-for-8.

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Collins, Streelman share Puerto Rico lead

Chad Collins birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a share of the Puerto Rico Open lead with Kevin Streelman just before third-round play was suspended because of darkness Saturday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

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Els rolls to CA Championship title

Ernie Els is back in the winner’s circle. The Big Easy won the CA Championship on Sunday, his first victory in two years.

Presnell punctuates week with 64, big payday

He shares the same passion for their native land, the same love of golf, the same laid-back and passive personality that is common with Aussies.

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Fashion-forward Recari one to watch

The LPGA has a new glamour girl. Rookie Beatriz Recari, a down-to-earth 22-year old from Pamplona, Spain (better known as the town where the Running of the Bulls takes place), grew up in a sports-oriented family.

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Auburn claims second win in a row

Led by top-ranked Cydney Clanton, No. 3 Auburn captured its second win in a row Sunday at the Tiger/Wave Golf Classic in New Orleans.

Frosh leads Virginia Tech to win at Pinehurst

Freshman Mikey Moyers posted a career-best finish to lead Virginia Tech to its first win of the season Sunday at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate.

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Tseng posts 66 for 3-shot win in Australia

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng won the Women’s Australian Open on Sunday, birdieing seven of the last 12 holes for a bogey-free 7-under 66 and a three-stroke victory over 2009 winner Laura Davies.

Saturday, March 13

Wind contributing to unusual team standings

There are two things that make a golf tournament, dare I say, ridiculous: constant, gusting wind and a putting contest.

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Collins leads rain-delayed Puerto Rico Open

Chad Collins chipped in for eagle on the par-5 second hole Saturday to top the Puerto Rico Open leaderboard at 9 under before second-round play was suspended because of darkness in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

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Notes: Kaymer riding hot putter at Doral

Martin Kaymer still has occasional pain in his left foot, thanks to all the hardware surgeons used to put it back together after a go-cart accident last summer.

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Els, Schwartzel top Doral leaderboard

Charl Schwartzel put up a 5-under 67 Saturday to catch Ernie Els entering the final round of the CA Championship. The pair of South Africans are 12 under at the Blue Monster, with Padraig Harrington one shot back.

Blue Monster playing nice in Round 3

The Blue Monster, it’s not. At least not in today’s third round of the CA Championship as the field average is under par. And nowhere is that more evident than at the par-4 18th.

Englishes lending their support at Seminole

When I got to Southwood Golf Club for Round 2 of the Seminole Intercollegiate, I had to double check the tee sheet. I could have sworn Georgia was not in the field – and I was right – so you can imagine why two people decked out in UGA gear and walking and talking to the team caught my attention.

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Webb leads in Australia; Thompson 8 back

Four-time champion Karrie Webb shot a bogey-free 3-under 70 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Women’s Australian Open.

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Lighter travel schedule has Els feeling relaxed

Ernie Els no longer is eligible for the award of logging the most miles before getting to Doral.

Friday, March 12

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Kendall turns in 5 under in rainy Puerto Rico

Skip Kendall topped the Puerto Rico Open leaderboard at 5 under after nine holes when first-round play was suspended because of darkness Friday in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

‘South Park’ season premiere to take on Tiger

Golf clubs in hands or not, the kids of "South Park" are ready to take on Tiger Woods.

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Purple overtakes the Blue Monster

This is big news, everyone. I think the fashion police are finally getting to our most frequent offenders, the players that haven’t always been the trendiest of the group. Yet, somehow, all the stars seem to be in alignment this week at Doral.

Travel to Tallahassee troublesome for UNC

Two years ago, it was weather that derailed North Carolina’s travel plans to return home from the Seminole Intercollegiate. This year, it nearly cost them their practice round.

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New information released on Tiger’s crash

The ambulance crew that responded after golfer Tiger Woods crashed his SUV would not allow his wife to ride with him to the hospital because they thought it was a case of domestic violence, documents released Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol show.

Allenby makes ace, variety pack of eagles

If they were handing out crystal for eagles, like they do at the Masters, Robert Allenby would need a U-Haul here at the CA Championship.

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Els shoots 66, leads Doral by 1

The Big Easy made it look easier than most Friday at the Blue Monster, finishing up a bogey-free 6-under 66 as dark clouds formed over Miami. Ernie Els has a one-shot lead over Robert Allenby.

Hansen faces tax evasion charges in Denmark

Soren Hansen is facing some of the best players in the world this week in Miami, but his biggest challenge will come next Friday when the Dane, who lives in Monaco, will plead his case on tax-evasion charges to a Danish court.

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Another reason we’re lucky to have Paddy

If you’re keeping a list at home, here’s another entry – perhaps No. 736 – as to why Padraig Harrington is unlike precious few others on the PGA Tour scene.

Pro tours need to give more college perks

We have seen the NCAA champion receive exemptions to various events, but none of those was guaranteed.

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It’s a soggy story at Puerto Rico Open

No joke: Skip Kendall has played just two holes in two days at the extremely soggy and delayed Puerto Rico Open and already is 3 under par. But will tournament officials take it all away? Sean Martin reports

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What could Ari Fleischer do for Tiger?

So let’s just assume that the Tiger Woods camp has brought on Ari Fleischer, news which is being widely reported.

Commentary: Different strokes work for successful folks

Watching the opening round of this week’s WGC-CA Championship at Doral reminded me of some words of wisdom from resident Doral professional Jim McLean

Mailbag: Are coaches to blame for slow play?

It's Friday, which means it’s time to go to the mailbag... I mean e-mail inbox.

Sergas leads Aussie Open; Thompson 7 back

Italy’s Giulia Sergas shot a 4-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Women's Australian Open.

Thursday, March 11

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Schwartzel won’t go unnoticed this week

It seems only fitting that Charl Schwartzel is leading after the first round of the WGC-CA Championship, considering the 25-year-old from South Africa couldn’t even get a spot in last week’s Honda Classic.

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Commentary: Presnell delights in ‘ultimate dream’ at Doral

Alistair Presnell understands cool – he used to be in the air conditioner business. So as for making his PGA Tour debut in a World Golf Championship at Doral? It doesn’t get any cooler, writes Jim McCabe.

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AP sources: Woods likely to return at Masters

After a day filled with conflicting reports about where and when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, two sources told The Associated Press that Woods will likely play first at the Masters.

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Lefty doubles up on drivers again at Doral

Phil Mickelson is at it again. Playing golf, yes. And doing it carrying two drivers in the bag here at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

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Bogey-free Schwartzel takes CA lead

Five birdies were enough to put Charl Schwartzel among the leaders at the CA Championship. He wound up alone at the top because he was the one player who managed to avoid a bogey.

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Blasberg, Puma make bold team

Now seems like a good time to mention a player that we have yet to write about in this blog, Erica Blasberg.

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Schmaus (No. 294, 2011) commits to Houston

Greg Schmaus, a senior at the Hank Haney IJGA/Heritage Academy, is hoping he can help add some pages to history books at the University of Houston, where he verbally committed last week.

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Soggy Puerto Rico Open to resume Friday

Skip Kendall is your early, early leader at the Puerto Rico Open. He’ll get to sleep on that pole position because of rain that is pounding an already wet Trump International Golf Club.

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Martin has Ducks flying high in Eugene

In his fourth season as head men’s coach at Oregon, Casey Martin is turning the program into a serious contender, not only in the Pac-10 Conference but nationally, Ron Balicki reports.

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Northwestern’s Chun among Open qualifiers

Northwestern sophomore Eric Chun qualified for the British Open Thursday at International Final Qualifying in Asia.

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Davis leads Aussie Open; Thompson 3 back

Defending champion Laura Davies shot a 5-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Women’ s Australian Open.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Our national panel of 550 raters has voted Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club back into the No. 1 Classic slot for the first time since 2005.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

Sebonack Golf Club (pictured) ranks No. 6 in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list. Which course earned the top spot?

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

This is an unprecedented year for public golf, with three of the four men’s professional majors to be played on such courses. Our raters rank Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best lists unveiled

Golfweek celebrates our annual list of the top 100 Classic and top 100 Modern courses, as well as our state-by-state public-access list.

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Ballesteros recovers from golf cart fall

Seve Ballesteros, who has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, has fully recovered after falling off a golf cart and banging his head on the ground last week in Pedrena, northern Spain.

Events to watch: FSU, LSU, SH Masters

I’m on the road this week, off to a tournament with a field the small guys dream about – the Seminole Intercollegiate. It will be a showdown of schools from top to bottom of the rankings.

Wednesday, March 10

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Koelbaek leads Rebels to home repeat

Apparently, the trophies from Vegas stay in Vegas. UNLV junior Therese Koelbaek (pictured) won her third career individual title while helping the Rebels run away with another UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational crown.

Commentary: Cobra set to play lead role for Puma

Cobra Golf’s strength has fluctuated over the years, but the brand is on an upswing with its flashy staff players such as Camilo Villegas and Ian Poulter making emphatic statements on leaderboards of late.

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Commentary: Stone Canyon comes to life

As the sun made its way over the Santa Catalina Mountains, Bradley S. Klein watched the golf course at Stone Canyon wake up.

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Coore, Crenshaw hired to buff up No. 2

The architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have been hired by Pinehurst to do restoration work on the resort’s signature No. 2 course.

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New daddy Donald checks in at Doral

Slowly, but surely, the 68-player field is coming together for the CA Championship.

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Resorts: Biloxi properties team up

IP Casino, Resort & Spa has formed a marketing partnership with Shell Landing Golf Club in the nearby Gulf Coast town of Gautier.

WGC event at Doral needs pro-am

The three World Golf Championships, such as the WGC-CA Championship this week at Doral, would be better served if the world’s best players participated in a Wednesday pro-am. That’s particularly true in a trying economy.

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Commentary: Camilo’s brother is pretty good, too

Last week was an important one for the Villegas brothers, and not just because of Camilo’s dominating victory at the Honda Classic.

Storms postpone Estoril Open de Portugal

February storms in the Mediterranean have forced the European Tour to postpone the Estoril Open de Portugal.

Where’s the love?

President Barack Obama has invited Padraig Harrington to the annual St. Patrick’s Day party at the White House. I guess what confuses me is that Obama somehow didn’t invite Tiger Woods there for Valentine’s Day.

McIlroy joins Woods on ‘Tiger 2011’ cover

For the first time in the history of EA Sports’ “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series, Tiger Woods won’t be alone this year on the game’s cover.

A triumph for Ireland or Britain?

Padraig Harrington came here this week to take on the challenge of a World Golf Championship.

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Royal Lytham & St. Annes gets ’15 Walker Cup

The 2015 Walker Cup will be held at the Royal Lytham and St. Annes. The links course has twice hosted the Ryder Cup and staged the British Open 10 times.

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Puma AG to acquire Cobra

Acushnet Co., parent of Titleist and FootJoy, announced March 10 an agreement to sell one of its core assets – the Cobra Golf brand – to rising industry player Puma AG.

Thumbs up: D-II | Thumbs down: Rhode Island

Once again it’s time for three great things that happened in the world of college golf this past week, and three . . . well, not so much.

Welcome to the ‘Bubble Buster Invite’

here is a reason the annual get together in early March at Boulder Creek Golf Club is known as the “Bubble Buster Invite.” Simply look at what’s a stake entering the final round. (Note: The Magic Number predicted is 61)

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Fantasy Aces: CA Championship, Puerto Rico

Our Fantasy Aces took a break from living the life on South Beach to make their picks for the WGC-CA Championship.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Doral’s party starts

Some say the WGC-CA Championship has lost its buzz. That’s baloney, says Jeff Rude. The party at Doral has already started.

Tuesday, March 9

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Fillmore leads BYU to victory in Fresno

BYU and Cougars senior Robbie Fillmore both needed extra holes to win their first tournament of the season Tuesday at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic.

No. 12 Cal wins Juli Inkster Spartan Invite

California continued its torrid start to the spring Tuesday with a victory at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invite.

South Florida grabs first victory of season

After a disappointing start to the spring season, South Florida claimed its first victory of the year Tuesday at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational.

And Jack even picked up the tab

Don’t know what Rory McIlroy had for lunch on Tuesday at Doral, but whatever he had, and wherever he had it, it’s guaranteed to fall short of his Tuesday lunch of a week ago.

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Ping acts with a nod to amateurs

I listened to Tuesday afternoon’s phone conference with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Ping CEO John Solheim, and I have one word for you: bifurcation.

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Commentary: Old names who seemingly have new games

Quick . . . name the three players who have gone 6-for-6 in making cuts this season. That would be Alex Prugh, Tom Gillis and Chad Collins. Jim McCabe explains how they’re adjusting to success on Tour.

Now stepping to the tee – Barbie!

One of the icons of fashion – Barbie – has just turned 51 years old, and after all the beach houses and Corvettes, she’s finally headed for the fairways.

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A reason to root for Phil at the Masters

First, it was Callaway Golf’s decision to sponsor the Super Bowl pregame show on CBS. Now, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company is asking golfers to bet Phil Mickelson to win his third green jacket next month at the Masters.

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Tournaments ready for Tiger’s return

Not long after Tiger Woods returned home and starting practicing, the PGA Tour began checking with tournaments to make sure they were prepared to handle the hype over the world’s No. 1 player getting back to golf.

In this issue: March 12, 2010

Inside the March 12, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

VIDEO: “Make Me Over – Golfweek style”

Our new fashion show – “Make Me Over – Golfweek Style” – will run on Golfweek.com every other Tuesday.

PLNU to cut men's golf, add women's team

Point Loma Nazarene University, which has won two NAIA events in its past four starts this spring, will eliminate four athletic teams, including men’s golf, beginning this fall.

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Toy Box notes: New putter for Sergio

The knock on Sergio Garcia the past few seasons has been his putting, and he put another new putter in play at the Honda Classic: a TaylorMade Rossa Daytona by Kia Ma.

Some issues remain in grooves accord

While the USGA, PGA Tour and Ping were distributing news releases claiming the grooves issue as settled after Ping agreed to a waiver of the pre-March 31, 1990 rule, it turns out that may not be the case across all of golf.

Golf bags: Big or small, it’s your call

Modern materials and designs have made golf bags more durable and stylish than ever. Whether they are cart bags or carry bags, today’s innovative bags have a multitude of personalities to match the dispositions and needs of the golfers who buy them. Here are some of the most interesting bags for 2010:

Woods’ agent on site at Doral

Draw from it what you want, but while Tiger Woods remains in semi-seclusion, his agent, Mark Steinberg, has been spotted at the CA Championship.

Q&A: UCF women’s coach Courtney Trimble

I caught up with first-year UCF coach Courtney Trimble to see how she was adjusting to the 407 area code.

Monday, March 8

Rookie diary: Feeling fresh in Puerto Rico

Usually playing tournament golf seven out of eight weeks, and spending eight weeks and counting on the road would be very tiring.

Bauer, Michigan run away with Rio Verde title

Ashley Bauer left the rest of the field in the dust at the Rio Verde Invitational March 7, putting together a 9-shot win in the Arizona desert.

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Coastal Carolina notches 2nd win of season

Coastal Carolina rolled its second victory of the season Monday at the Administaff Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.

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Player of the Week: Matthew Rushton

Matthew Rushton, of Johannesburg, South Africa, shot 3-under 141 (72-69) at Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by seven shots.

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Retailers struggle with bargains and the bottom line

The disappearance of golf specialty stores isn’t limited to remote locales. Even in far more metropolitan markets, golf retailers – especially “mom and pop” shops – are going the way of indie bookstores.

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Player of the Week: Yuri Otsuka

Yuri Otsuka, of Chiba Japan, shot 3-over 147 (77-70) at Port Royal Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the the International Junior Golf Tour event by two shots.

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Winner’s Circle: March 1-7, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Rookie diary: Getting to know Mallory

Hey everyone! My name is Mallory Blackwelder and I am a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA, and the Duramed Futures Tour.

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Ping waives settlement on square grooves

The 20-year-old Ping wedges with square grooves will no longer be allowed on the PGA Tour starting March 29 under an agreement reached with Ping executives.

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Player of the Week: Danielle Kang, Pepperdine

In her second college start, the freshman won the Bruin Wave Invitational. Kang, who joined the Waves lineup this spring, turned in rounds of 67-72-69 for an 8-under 208, three shots better than New Mexico’s Jodi Ewart. 

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Player of the Week: Eugene Wong, Oregon

The Ducks sophomore shot 65-69-69 to tie a tournament record at 10-under 203 and win the USC Collegiate Invitational by one shot over USC’s T.J. Vogel.

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Team of the week: Tulane

One week after finishing last at the 16-team Arizona Wildcat Invitational, the Green Wave rebounded in a big way, defeating seven top-25 teams at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.

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Team of the week: Oregon

The Ducks, with three players in the top 5, shot 279-277-275 for a 21-under 831 total at the USC Collegiate Invitational, winning by 16 shots over second-place California.

Power Rankings: Top 5 individuals

Welcome to back to another week of Wildman’s Corner. Today’s power rankings are for individuals.

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Monday Scramble: Spider-Man strikes again

In this week’s Monday Scramble: Why you should watch your back for Camilo “Spider-Man” Villegas, the real size of John Daly’s PGA Tour disciplinary file, Tiger and the Oscars, and Vijay’s new putter.

Sunday, March 7

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Boom-boom: Couples wins second in a row

Fred Couples won his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory in the Toshiba Classic.

Pate, 48, becomes oldest Nationwide winner

Steve Pate became the oldest champion in Nationwide Tour history, winning the Bogota Open on Sunday when Aaron Watkins missed a 3-foot par putt on the second hole of a playoff.

Holmes squeaks into CA Championship field

J.B. Holmes has played in only five WGC events since turning pro in 2006, and just once at Doral.

D-II Florida Southern wins USF Invitational

Division II Florida Southern won its first team title of the season Sunday at the USF Invitational over a field largely made up of D-I teams.

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Villegas wins Honda Classic in runaway

Let the party continue in Colombia. The same week Camilo Villegas flew home to help kick off his country’s first Nationwide Tour event, he ran away from the field at PGA National to win his third PGA Tour title.

Lamely-Willis pairing not a pretty sight

With the leaders preparing to embark upon their final rounds of the Honda Classic, we can say one thing definitively: The bad golf is at least out of the way.

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Noh, 18, wins Malaysian Open by a shot

South Korean teenager Seung-yul Noh birdied the final hole to win the Malaysian Open by one shot over countryman K.J. Choi on Sunday.

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Webb claims 7th ANZ Ladies Masters with 61

Talk about domination Down Under. Karrie Webb shot a course-record 11-under 61 Sunday on the Gold Coast in Australia to close out her seventh ANZ Ladies Masters title in the past 12 years.

Saturday, March 6

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Couples takes Toshiba Classic lead

Fred Couples moved into position for his second straight Champions Tour victory, shooting a 7-under 64 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Toshiba Classic.

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Saunders coming into his own

Sam Saunders is stepping out of his grandfather’s shadow.

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Palmer weighs in on Saunders’ game

Arnold Palmer is a proud grandfather this Saturday night as his 22-year-old grandson Sam Saunders has played his way up the leaderboard after three rounds at the Honda Classic.

Pate leads by two at Bogota Open

Steve Pate moved into the lead at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Saturday after a 5-under 66 at the Country Club de Bogota.

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Villegas builds 3-shot lead at Honda Classic

Camilo Villegas was on fire Saturday at the Honda Classic, and so, too, was a state park near PGA National. Amid hazy conditions from the controlled burn, Villegas built a three-shot lead with his 3-under 67.

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Saunders displaying a never-give-up mentality

No, he won’t change his routine. He loves to look at leaderboards and he’ll be doing so during Sunday’s final round of the Honda Classic.

Rare rule in play at PGA National’s 18th

Not only must players hit directly into the wind at PGA National’s 17th and 18th holes, but both tees were moved up in Saturday’s third round at the Honda Classic.

Villegas pulling away in smoky conditions

Impressive with a front-side 31 in the third round of the Honda Classic, Camilo Villegas isn’t the only one on fire.

Controlled burn puts haze over Honda Classic

A controlled burn about 15 miles from the site of the Honda Classic sent smoky air over the tournament course for Saturday’s third round.

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Webb leads in Australia; Blumenherst 4 back

Six-time champion Karrie Webb birdied the final hole for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Australian Ladies Masters.

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Davies, Aphibarnrat share lead in Malaysia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand stayed in the hunt for his first Asian Tour title, shooting a 4-under 68 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Rhys Davies of Wales after the third round at the Malaysian Open.

Friday, March 5

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Tway, Lu, Wiebe share Toshiba Classic lead

Bob Tway, Chein Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe shot 6-under 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic, leaving Champions Tour newcomer Fred Couples a stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.

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Two-shot penalty puts McDowell 3 back

Graeme McDowell might have lost two strokes to the leaders on his final hole in the second round of the Honda Classic, but he had to have picked up a lot more fans.

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Can Kim, Villegas avenge Phoenix Open finish?

If the Honda Classic is taking on the feel of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, there’s a good reason.

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Ridings holds one-shot lead in Bogota

Tag Ridings pulled into the solo lead Friday at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, carding a 2-under 69 at the Country Club de Bogota. Ridings holds a one-shot lead over William McGirt.

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Kim, Villegas lead Honda Classic

Scores fell throughout the field Friday at PGA National as Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas pulled into the Honda Classic lead at 8 under.

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Woods will not play CA Championship

The waiting for Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf continues. Woods did not enter the field for next week’s CA Championship at Doral.

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KPMG gauges recession’s impact on golf

The Ryder Cup should help golf in the UK, which has slumped during the recession. A KPMG study measures the slowdown's impact there and around the world – and offers a forecast for a recovery.

Women’s golf and the magic number

In the sports world, early March and bubble talk go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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Calc holes out for eagle to make Honda cut

His thinking was sound. It was also vintage Mark Calcavecchia.

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Want to play the Rio Verde? Get in line

The most fun event in women’s college golf? A lot of people would argue this week’s Rio Verde Invitational, which debuted in 2003. As Julie Williams writes, every year seems to create a lifetime of friendships and memories.

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Commentary: Does elite golf training make a difference?

Nature or nurture? That’s the question on my mind this week, especially as it relates to English success in world golf.

Thai Kiradech leads at rainy Malaysian Open

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat held a one-shot lead after a rain-interrupted second round at the Malaysian Open.

Would you like any swing tips with that wine?

It used to be that having your name on a trophy or plaque was a pretty good sign that you had achieved something special.

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Ishikawa skipping Doral to attend graduation

Japanese golfer Ryo Ishikawa will miss the U.S. PGA Tour's CA Championship to attend his high school graduation.

Blumenherst, Lim share lead in Australia

American Amanda Blumenherst shot a 3-under 69 to maintain a share of the lead with Lim Ji-na of South Korea after two rounds of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters.

Mailbag: Pace of play on readers’ minds

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to clean out my e-mail inbox and read what you have to say.

Thursday, March 4

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Ridings, Schultz tied atop Bogota Open

Tag Ridings and Dave Schultz are tied atop the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open leaderboard with 6-under 65s Thursday at the Country Club de Bogota.

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Couples seeking more Champions Tour success

It didn’t take long for Fred Couples to adjust to the Champions Tour, though his quick assimilation surprised even him.

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Sabbatini: Woods will play well upon return

Rory Sabbatini once made headlines for calling Tiger Woods “more beatable than ever,” and that was long before the world’s No. 1 golfer put his career on hold to straighten out his personal life.

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Connell, Green lead Honda Classic with 65s

Despite a chilly day in South Florida, Michael Connell and Nathan Green put up rounds of bogey-free 65 and share the lead at the Honda Classic.

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The Lance & Asher Show

This week on Lance & Asher: The guys talk to Oral Roberts walk-on freshman David Holtgrew, who led his team to a buzzer-beating victory at the Summit League Championship.

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Mondy (N/R, 2011) commits to Auburn

Following a second unofficial visit to Auburn two weeks ago, Jake Mondy gave his verbal committment to Tigers coach Nick Clinard, Mondy told Golfweek.

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Bundling up vs. bulking up

In this seemingly never-ending winter golf season, layering your clothing is key. From marathon runners to college golfers, athletes are finding new ways to stay warm while competing.

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Keeping it simple with Tommy Armour III

Do you conform your style according to how the week is going? For example: When you are at the top of the leaderboard, do you tend to spice it up a little?

Those with a wrist injury, raise your hand

For those who are fans of players on the comeback trail from wrist injuries, boy did PGA Tour officials make it easy for those attending The Honda Classic.

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The Canadian connection at N.C. State

N.C. State’s starting lineup features three Canadians. Next year, another Canuck is on the way. How does coach Richard Sykes explain the Canadian connection? Sean Martin reports.

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Natural luxury at Dove Mountain

Nestled into the base of the Tortolita Mountains, the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort mixes contemporary lifestyle with an earthen, natural theme.

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Hanse gets Prairie Club assignment

The golf resort industry has yet to be formally introduced to Paul Schock, but this much already is clear: The man doesn’t think small.

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Reynolds Plantation sets Great Waters reopening

Reynolds Plantation is dealing with the same issues as its residential and resort competitors around the country: weak home sales and a sharp decline in its group business.

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Mayakoba – El Camaleon

Cancun, once the Daytona Beach of family vacations in Mexico, gradually is becoming a refined golf destination. Bradley S. Klein takes a look at one of the Yucatan's best courses - Mayakoba’s El Camaleon.

Irish bookmaker puts a big bet on Woods

Is Tiger Woods back in business? PaddyPower.com, Ireland’s largest bookmaker, has recently proposed a deal to the Woods camp that tops out at $75 million over five years.

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Blumenherst leads in Australia after 66

Former Duke star Amanda Blumenherst shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Katherine Hull after the first round of the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters.

Davies, Garrido take lead at Malaysian Open

Rhys Davies and Ignacio Garrido shot 7-under 65s to lead the Malaysian Open by one stroke after the first round on Thursday.

Events to watch: USF, UNLV, Rio Verde

As the race for the postseason heats up, here are three tournaments to watch in the next few days, keeping in mind that some schools will either enhance or eliminate themselves from postseason discussions. After all, it's never too late to talk about the playoffs, is it?

Wednesday, March 3

Thompson still grinding in pro ranks

Michael Thompson’s tale can serve as a cautionary one for any player preparing to turn pro in the near future.

Tiger’s caddie: ‘Of course I’m mad at him’

Tiger Woods’ caddie said he knew nothing about the golfer's extramarital affairs and was angry with him over the scandal.

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USC, Kang conquer Bruin Wave Invitational

Southern California senior Belen Mozo (pictured) and two of her teammates finished in the top 10 to help USC to its third victory of the season Wednesday at the the Bruin Wave Invitational. On the individual side, Pepperdine freshman Danielle Kang won convincingly in only her second college start.

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Nicklaus ‘can’t imagine’ Tiger missing Masters

Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday at The Honda Classic that he ‘can't imagine in 100 years’ that Tiger Woods would miss the Masters.

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Sanders started many fashion trends

Conventional wisdom says there is a tipping point that launches every trend and that just one person can be held responsible for the movement.

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Holmes spots Tiger on Isleworth range, too

Charles Howell III isn’t the only PGA Tour player who has hit balls on the Isleworth Country Club range at the same time as Tiger Woods the last couple of days.

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Hwang (No. 9, 2011) commits to UCLA

Jay Hwang, the 9th-ranked player in the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has verbally committed to UCLA.

Angered Daly calls out writer on Twitter

John Daly was so irritated that a Florida newspaper wrote about his PGA Tour disciplinary file that he referred to the writer as a “jerk” on Twitter and posted the writer’s cell phone number for his followers to call.

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Brees, Nicklaus team at Honda pro-am

Super Bowl champion quarterback Drew Brees is finally getting to play his first round of offseason golf. With Jack Nicklaus, no less.

Can’t say enough about Oregon’s victory

Three words come to mind when thinking about Oregon’s performance at the USC Collegiate Invitational.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Wake me up when . . .

Tiger Woods is back home from a week of family counseling. But Jeff Rude doesn’t care. Just tap him on the shoulder when Woods is finally on the first tee of a PGA Tour event.

Thumbs up: Oregon | Thumbs down: UGA

The format at the Seahawk Intercollegiate: I am a huge supporter of the .500 rule and this tournament gets some kudos.

Tuesday, March 2

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Fantasy Aces: The Honda Classic

The Florida Swing starts Thursday at The Honda Classic. The Fantasy Aces have their sunscreen and selections ready.

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Byun, North Florida break through at Hayt

Every breakthrough is preceded by plenty of perseverance. North Florida and Ospreys sophomore Joe Byun provided the latest example Tuesday by winning the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

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Commentary: Rita leaves legacy as beloved Tour caddie

His passion for life and for being a caddie was to be admired. Jim McCabe looks back on the life of a beloved Tour caddie Greg Rita, who died Saturday of a brain tumor.

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Oregon, Wong capture USC Collegiate title

Oregon shot a tournament-best 9-under 275 Tuesday en route to a runaway victory at the USC Collegiate Invitational.

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Cabrera to offer preview of Masters dinner

One question for the defending Masters champion is what he plans to serve at the Champions Dinner. Angel Cabrera not only will reveal the menu, he plans to give 100 friends a taste of the dinner they can’t attend.

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Tulane, Fellows win at Kinderlou Forest

Tulane won its first title of the season Tuesday at the inaugural Kinderlou Forest Challenge. It came exactly one week after finishing last at the Wildcat Invitational.

Toy Box: Mahan’s (sort of) new Ping wedge

Hunter Mahan, a Ping staff player, did not use an original Eye2 wedge in winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Bulldogs still strong without Charleston win

I’ve been getting a kick out of all the fuss and comments concerning Georgia playing – and winning – this week’s Wendy’s Charleston Challenge.

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Boland leads Aggies to victory at UCF

A day after tying a school record with an opening 65, Texas A&M senior Julia Boland led the Aggies to victory Tuesday at the UCF Challenge. It was third title of the season for both the Aggies and Boland.

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Villegas helps Colombia refine its image

Camilo Villegas is not playing in the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in his native Colombia, but he will have a busy week nonetheless.

In this issue: March 5, 2010

Inside the March 5, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Daly’s 456-page disciplinary file made public

John Daly has been suspended five times and cited 21 times for not giving his best effort on the PGA Tour. Those are among details contained in a 456-page disciplinary file that has become public record through a lawsuit.

Westwood may WD from Honda

Lee Westwood made his 2010 debut in the U.S. two weeks ago at Accenture Match Play. After a week off, he was hoping to be ready for the Florida Swing and then Augusta. Those plans may be on hold.

Sawgrass Marriott files for Chapter 11

When Tiger Woods made his apology Feb. 19 at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., many of the onsite media wondered why they were charged $100 to $250 for Internet access at the Sawgrass Marriott.

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Recently widowed, Smith returns to golf

Chris Smith lost his wife in a car accident last Father’s Day. As Adam Schupak reports, Smith returned to the PGA Tour two weeks ago with a deeper appreciation of his role as a dad.

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Woods back from family counseling

Tiger Woods has returned to Windermere, Fla., after a week of family counseling in Arizona and is trying to get into a routine that includes golf and fitness, says an AP source.

Putting aids: A little help

Each year the PGA Merchandise Show is full of little surprises, and invariably several are in the category of putting aids. Here are three putting aids that appeared to captivate attendees at the expo held last month in Orlando, Fla.

Q&A: Miami women’s coach Lela Cannon

It’s Tuesday on Wildman’s Corner and that means I chat with a college coach or player. Miami women’s coach Lela Cannon gets the honor of going first. After all, this fiery coach led the Hurricanes to a victory Feb. 23 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic.

Monday, March 1

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Having a riot at the Players Cup

One of the coolest events in college golf is the three-hole shootout that takes place at TPC Sawgrass after the second round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. Sean Martin was there.

Swine flu, a new No. 1 and the .500 rule

The final round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship got rained out last fall, which made Georgia two days short of the maximum 24 days of competition and gave head coach Chris Haack the chance to look for a two-day event this spring.

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Player of the Week: James Yoon

James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-over 145 (68-77) at Plantation Inn and Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Plantation Inn Open by one shot

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Player of the Week: Kristin Swindell

Kristin Swindell, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 3-over 147 (74-73) at Southwind Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by two shots.

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LPGA adds tournament in Malaysia

The LPGA has filled a slot on its 2010 tournament calendar – initially reserved for an event in China – with an elite, limited-field competition in Malaysia.

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North Florida, Duke battling at John Hayt

Joe Byun and North Florida will enter the final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational with the team and individual leads. A forecast calling for rain and wind Tuesday at Sawgrass Country Club could set the stage for a gritty finish.

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Interesting interests in the media guide

Was thumbing through the 2010 PGA Tour Media Guide when I came upon a player biography that listed his special interests as “Clubbing and girls.”

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Saunders still searching for Tour magic

Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, is taking his licks out on the PGA Tour. Through three PGA Tour starts, he has yet to play a tournament’s final round.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 22-28, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Georgia, Henley win Charleston Shootout

Georgia rolled to a 20-shot victory Monday at the Wendy’s Charleston Shootout.

Warm weather excites teams at UCF

It has been a while since we have had good weather in Florida. I know, I shouldn’t complain compared to what others have experienced all over the country.

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Player of the Week: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Caroline Hedwall made it two wins in two starts this spring after winning the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

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Team of the week: Florida

Behind the stellar play of sisters Isabelle and Marika Lendl, the Florida Gators cruised to a 29-shot win at the Central District Invitational.

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Player of the Week: Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State

Kevin Tway won the individual title at the Puerto Rico Classic.

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Team of the week: Texas

Texas won the Puerto Rico Classic with rounds of 277-269-276 for a 42-under 822 total. The Longhorns finished 6 shots clear of top-ranked Oklahoma State.

Slow-play discussion continues at UCF

Ever since I started posting pace-of-play blogs, I seem to be the best friend of rules officials. The e-mails, blog posts and ideas all have been inspiring.

Rita, caddie for Strange, Daly, dies at 54

Greg Rita, the caddie for Curtis Strange when he won successive U.S. Open titles and for John Daly when he won the British Open, has died of brain cancer.

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Harbour Town event searches for sponsor

The PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament at Harbour Town will continue in 2011, according to the event’s tournament director. As for 2012? Those waters are a bit rockier at this point.

Rookie diary: No. 16 and the reshuffle

Some players feel the need to jet out of town after missing a cut, but I stayed for a full day Saturday to take advantage of the nice facilities and the fact that my instructor is in Phoenix.

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Roig full steam ahead on and off course

When Kyle Roig travels to a golf tournament, she sees much more than just fairways and greens. (Try babboon spotting and whale watching.) The 16-year-old has a taste for adventure, and that open mind isn’t hurting her golf game, either.

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A case of the blues at the Phoenix Open

With the girls wearing pink in Singapore, it seems fitting that the boys should wear blue, and coincidentally, that’s exactly what they did.

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Murray (No. 2, 2012) commits to Wake Forest

Grayson Murray has always known he wanted to play golf at Wake Forest.

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San Diego gets greater appreciation

Here’s your fun fact for the day: By my estimates, there are only two college golf teams that have two active players on their team who have teed it up in PGA Tour events.

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Phoenix Open attendance lowest in a decade

Attendance at the just completed Phoenix Open in Scottsdale was the lowest in a decade.

Monahan buys into Tour’s marketing pitch

Given the economic climate, some would see it as the worst time to take on marketing endeavors. Jay Monahan disagrees.

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Monday Scramble: 2016 Olympics preview

We’re only six years from seeing golf again in the Olympics. The Monday Scramble wonders if it will look anything like the last two weeks in Vancouver. (Also on tap: How ’bout dem Oklahoma State Cowboys?)

Power Rankings: This week’s top 8

Asher Wildman takes a look at the top 8 teams in the men’s and women’s college games.